Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2006 Issue

May 10, 2006, Somerset, Penn. / Lancair IV-P Experimental

At 1525 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed following a loss of engine power and an uncontrolled descent shortly after takeoff. The two Commercial pilots aboard were fatally injured; visual conditions prevailed. At takeoff, the airplane accelerated smoothly and rotated at a point along the runway that was “later than usual,” according to witnesses. The airplane pitched nose-up about “20 to 30 degrees” in the climb, and the airplane’s landing gear retracted. When the airplane reached treetop height, black smoke trailed from the engine exhaust system, the engine “sputtered” and then stopped producing power. The airplane entered a “smooth roll” to the left, yawed left, then “plunged” to th...

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